Are you a parent to a young child with persistent hearing loss? Or a practitioner working to support the development of young children with hearing loss and Down’s syndrome?
New evidence indicates that children with Down’s syndrome may not compensate for early episodes of glue ear as easily as children who do not have Down’s syndrome or overcome its effects on speech and language development. The authors of this important new research highlight the need for speech and language therapy services to be involved as soon as a child is diagnosed with severe, ongoing hearing difficulties and suggest that joint clinics with audiologists could be helpful.
Please share this information with your speech and language and audiology/hearing services.
Addressing this evidence based need is a priority for children with Down’s syndrome with hearing loss during their early years, including, for example, giving parents and early education settings advice about how to create optimal listening environments and promote children’s listening skills.